Science Center of Iowa Preschool

Preschool sets the stage for three- and four-year-olds to make dynamic discoveries in the world that surrounds them, using all the incredible resources the Science Center of Iowa has to offer. Your little learners will flourish in an environment designed especially for them!

The SCI Preschool is NAEYC-Accredited

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for early childhood education.


With science and discovery as an overriding theme, special interest areas like music, art, literature and nature give children a chance to explore the wonders of the world. Hands-on activities, interactive opportunities and lots of play allow children to develop self image, language, motor and social skills in a fun, educational atmosphere.


The SCI Preschool connects children to accredited teachers with professional training in early childhood care and education, and other SCI team members provide positive, engaging classroom interactions. SCI upholds exceptional standards that value teachers with higher education experience.


Preschoolers' families will benefit from SCI's effort to link the classroom to the home through newsletters, emails and dedicated classroom web pages. Assessments are also built into the curriculum to build outside awareness of daily school activities. In addition, teachers provide bi-annual conferences that allow families to share in the growth and development of their child.


Full-day classes run September through August, and part-day classes run September through May. Before- and after-school care is available weekdays starting at 7:15 am and ending at 5:30 pm, and a hot lunch plan is available.


Any child meeting these criteria is eligible for enrollment:

  • Three or four years old on or before September 15
  • Toilet-trained
  • Completed all required forms
  • Families must be SCI members while the child attends preschool

To place your child on the enrollment list, complete the Preschool Waiting List Application or call (515) 274-6868 ext. 239 to schedule a visit. Enrollment requests are filed in the order received and eligible families are notified before school begins to secure enrollment with a non-refundable deposit.


Current Preschool Families

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